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Blog series by sansoo22 updated 01-04-2022 05:47 AM 10 parts 8515 reads 73 comments total

Part 1: And so it begins...initial assessment

12-03-2021 08:29 PM by sansoo22 | 6 comments »

It’s been awhile since I posted my Marsh M5 restoration and my process has changed a tad. I’ve been trying to find a good candidate for a new series and was lucky enough to receive this plane in the mail the other day. It was addressed to the “Plane Rehab Center” so I thought it would be a great candidate for a new blog series. It came with a rather mundane #110 as well. The #110 and another jack plane from my pile of jack planes will get restored and donated to a ...

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Part 2: Cleaning...and some bad news

12-05-2021 06:30 AM by sansoo22 | 9 comments »

Today’s entry is all about cleaning parts. I was going to cover lapping the body but I went a little overboard on photos so we will just do a deep dive on cleaning. Before we get to the cleaning a quick word on safetyAt the bare minimum when using wire wheels of any kind you should have safety glasses. When using the bench grinder with wire wheels I prefer my full face shield. And if I’m throwing a lot of rust in the air I put on my full face respirator. Those little wires ...

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Part 3: Sand and prep handles

12-06-2021 02:18 AM by sansoo22 | 6 comments »

I was going to sandblast today but I need to cut new plexiglass for the window on the blast cabinet. Instead I finished sanding and prepping the tote and knob for finish. This is a three day process that I’m going to cover in one long post. Tools of the tradeThis is pretty darn simple. I use a bolt with some spacers to chuck the knob into the cordless drill. A drill press will also work if you don’t have yours taken apart like I do. I’m sure a Shopsmith works as well...

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Part 4: Set backs

12-10-2021 04:32 PM by sansoo22 | 9 comments »

Can you see it? If you guessed there is the tell tale signs of a crack in the grain you are correct. From the rear of the tote it’s just barely noticeable but it is there. Thankfully the plane gods waited until I had started applying finish to reveal this crack to me….jerks. At least I found out now because that was a tad more than a hairline crack. I was able to break this tote in half quite easily. I’m actually quite surprised it hadn’t come apart on me a...

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Part 5: Lapping the body and fitting the frog

12-12-2021 05:05 AM by sansoo22 | 5 comments »

Buckle up because this is a long one. Today is all about sand blasting, lapping the body, and fitting the frog. I don’t have images of the blasting process because it all takes place inside my modified Harbor Freight cabinet.My cabinet for reference. I use two sizes of tips when blasting. I believe the numbers are a 2 and a 4 but don’t quote me on that. The small tip is for removing the japanning and the large tip is for removing rust. I hit the entire plane with the big...

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Part 6: Fussing with the new lever cap

12-15-2021 02:48 AM by sansoo22 | 10 comments »

Normally there isn’t much to fuss with regarding lever caps. However this one required squaring the leading edge and painting the infill around the trademark so figured why not do a write up on it. Like a bonehead I didn’t take a before pic so lets pretend its old and has lots of patina. My first step is to put the larger tip on the blasting gun and de-rust the whole thing. It will look pretty terrible but don’t worry it gets cleaned up real nice. Next step is t...

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Part 7: Painting, scraping, sanding, baking, and waxing

01-03-2022 06:20 PM by sansoo22 | 3 comments »

The next few entries in this blog will be posting rather quickly. The plane is done but due to holidays and a dog getting diagnosed with lymphoma I haven’t had the time to get the entries published as I got the steps done. This entry will cover painting and all of the steps after paint to get the body and frog completed. PaintFor Stanley planes and really all others that were originally japanned black I only use Duplicolor DE1635 semi gloss black. VHT makes a nice paint as well ...

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Part 8: Finishing the handles

01-04-2022 02:39 AM by sansoo22 | 2 comments »

It’s handle time. Well round 3 of handle time since I already covered sanding, filling, and the unforeseen issue of a cracked tote. I’m not going to go into a deep dive into the finishing process as I have slightly changed it once again. I can’t help myself but work on efficiency and finishing is one of the SLOWEST parts of restorations. Most of it is due to how old and dry some of the handles are. It can take quite a bit of work to bring them back to life. I will ou...

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Part 9: Hardware, chip breaker, and brass

01-04-2022 03:06 AM by sansoo22 | 2 comments »

Hardware One of the best things I ever bought for dealing with the burs left from years of use is a nice set of jewelers files and an aluminum handle to go with them. Another trick of the restoration trade came from fellow LJ member KYToolSmith. That was the idea to use some aluminum L stock to make smooth jaws for a small bench top vise. When they wear out cut a new set quickly on the miter saw and replace them. Using my fancy smooth jaws I address the burs on all of the hardware....

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Part 10: Final assembly and testing

01-04-2022 05:47 AM by sansoo22 | 21 comments »

It’s finally time to put this old bastard back together and test it out. This is the final step of the process and why I love doing it so much. The first shavings from a freshly restored plane soothes my soul. The first step in this is to put the lateral lever back on. Some of you who have been following along have asked how I do that and if I can do it reliably. So far the answer to reliably is an 4 out 5 done without issue…or in other words an 80% success rate thus far. ...

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